Over-the-Counter Sexual Enhancement Drugs Include Hidden Ingredients

Over-the-Counter Sexual Enhancement Drugs Include Hidden Ingredients

August 12, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers that two over-the-counter sexual enhancement drugs include hidden ingredients that may cause cardiac problems.

An analysis made by the FDA found that Herbal Vigor Quick Fix and Arize are made with similar ingredients to their prescription counterparts, which could have adverse reactions with certain medications.

Quick Fix contains tadalafil, the active ingredient in Cialis, a prescription drug that is used to treat erectile dysfunction.

Similarly, Arize contains sulfoaildenafil, which is structurally similar to sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, another prescription medication for erectile dysfunction.

Both ingredients could interact with nitrates that are found in some prescription drugs and could lower blood pressure to dangerous levels. Nitrates are often taken by men with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease.

Consumers should contact a health professional as soon as possible if they experienced any negative side effects after taking these pills. The FDA urges consumers to stop using the product and throw it away.

Quick Fix and Arize continue to be sold in some retail stores and on various websites, including calcompnutrition.com.

The FDA issued the notification to inform the public of a growing trend of dietary supplements or conventiional foods with hidden drugs and chemicals. These products are typically promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss and body building, and are often representied as being 'all natural.'

Consumers may unknowingly take products laced with varying quantities of approved prescription drug ingredients, controlled substances, and untested and unstudied pharmaceutically active ingredients.

The FDA is unable to test and identify all products marketed as dietrary supplements that have potentially harmful hidden ingredents. The FDA advises that consumers should exercise caution before purchasing any product in the previous catagories.